On July 26th I completed my third triathlon, a local event about half an hour away from home in Solana Beach at Fletcher Cove. I call it shark cove because a triathlete was eaten by a shark there last year. It’s a flat-course sprint (1/4-mi swim, 9-mi bike, 3-mi run), which means all out mayhem. Given my current speeds, finishing in under one hour and making the podium in this race would require an out-of-this-world speed that I have not yet attained.
Update: My predictions for getting on the podium were quite a ways off, but the video is pretty cool anyways! Thanks to my friend, Michael Shedd of CurrentDose for filming and editing.
My official results were: Swim (includes T1) = 11:29, Bike (includes T2) = 27:30, Run = 23:31, Overall = 1:02:30. It was good enough for 15th in my AG (out of 64) and 210th overall (out of 1071).
According to my HRM, my T1 time was about 3 minutes, which means I completed the swim between 8 and 9 minutes, even with the huge waves! My T2 time was also about 3 minutes, which means I completed the bike segment in about 24 minutes. Right around my goal time, even though I was exhausted!
- Slept for over five hours the night before the race! Thank you Benadryl
- One of the first athletes to arrive at the transition area – prime spot @ the end of the Breakaway Training VIP rack
- No coffee before the race + full hydration (32 ounces) in the morning = five trips to the bathroom
- No major cramps during the race
- Did not panic during the start of the swim when there were huge waves
- Successfully transitioned on / off bike with shoes clipped
Things to Work On:
- Being more aggressive in the ocean, even when there is active surf
- Faster getting into shoes while pedaling out of T1
- Keeping arm motion moving forward, not side-to-side while running when tired
- Looking over my shoulder while approaching the finish
- Going like Cavendish to the finish line no matter how tired
- Unsportsmanlike conduct #1: Some jerk, not part of Breakaway Training, put his bike in between my handlebars, and ignored me when I said: “I don’t think that’s going to work.”
- Unsportsmanlike conduct #2: At the end of the bike segment, Bib #2318 cut me off at the dismount line by abruptly stopping his bike directly in front of me when there was plenty of room for him to dismount on my right.